Setback in Walcott’s injury, but Arsenal doesn’t need him really
Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has been ruled out for another fortnight. Emirate boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed reports about the Walcott’s delayed return to action. The French manager told reporters that there had been a setback in Walcott’s recovery process because of which the forward could be out of action for more than a week.
Walcott was due to return to Arsenal squad this week. The England international was expected to play in Arsenal’s Champions League clash against last year’s finalist Borussia Dortmund. Wenger revealed that Walcott was now weeks away from recovery because of a stomach injury.
“He had a setback,” Wenger said. “He had to stop, to jog again. I don't think we will see him against Dortmund, nor Crystal Palace nor Chelsea. He is at least two weeks away now.”
Walcott’s long term absence means that he will next play under an Arsenal jersey in the home game against Liverpool on November 2. However, Walcott’s absence is hardly a concern for Arsenal right now.
Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey have taken control of the midfield in brilliant fashion. The Gunners gunned down Norwich City with a 4-1 on Saturday to extend their undefeated streak in the Premier League to seven games.
Arsenal are now eight points ahead of the Premier League champions Manchester United. Chelsea and Liverpool are breathing down Arsenal’s neck, only two points away. Wenger insists Manchester United shouldn’t be ruled out as title challengers just yet.
“You cannot rule Man United out today,” Wenger said. “They have big players, big experience and they are a big club. It's three games basically [to make up the gap] -- that is very quick in our league.
“The eight point advantage we have starts to be a little gap but Man United are not out of the title race and we are only two points in front of all the others. If you have a choice nobody wants to be eight points behind. If you have the choice, you want to be in the race at the top, but it is still too early to say.”
Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson believes David Moyes will be lucky to pick up any trophy this season. Moyes admits his side hasn’t been in their best form, but the Scotsman has refused to rule out Manchester United as a threat.